Tough roster decisions for New York Jets

August, 30, 2014
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Good morning. Welcome to the bloodiest day of the year in the NFL. Rosters must be cut to 53 by 4 p.m. ET For the New York Jets and that means slashing 22 players.

A quick look at some of the more intriguing decisions:

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Stephen Hill: Stay or go? The Jets could trade Hill (they're talking to teams) or simply cut him. From all indications, his future with the Jets is bleak. If they dump the former second-round pick, the Oakland Raiders or Houston Texans (No. 1 waiver priority) could be interested. No matter how it shakes out, they will be cutting one or two wide receivers with NFL experience.

The Dimitri Patterson saga: Accusing your bosses of lying is never good for one's job security. Patterson should've handled his matter privately instead of calling out John Idzik and Rex Ryan. Idzik is old school -- he likes to keep family business in-house -- and he has to be fuming. But, unless another serviceable cornerback falls out of the sky, it would be a surprise if they cut him Saturday. Why give him a chance to catch on with another team? Let him stew and suffer the consequences.

The three-quarterback issue: They could use the roster spot elsewhere -- like, cornerback -- but it would be a surprise if third-stringer Matt Simms is released.

The Barnes dilemma: Eleven months removed from knee surgery, linebacker Antwan Barnes (on the physically unable to perform list) still isn't practicing. Ryan said he's impressed by Barnes' progress, but progress doesn't warrant a roster spot. It's all about production, so they have three primary options: Move him to the in-season PUP list (six weeks), place him on short-term injured reserve (eight weeks) or simply carry him on the 53-man roster. Look for the PUP list.

Safety dance: Former practice squad player Rontez Miles was one of the best players on the field in the final preseason game. Word has it he could replace Josh Bush as the fourth safety, behind Dawan Landry, Calvin Pryor and Jaiquawn Jarrett.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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